Asia’s smart urbanization imperative
Asia's urbanization must be “smart” in terms of city livability, environmental sustainability and in fostering innovation, if it is to realize the potential of the Asian Century.
Asia's growth miracle
What do the following 13 countries all have in common – Botswana, Brazil, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Malta, Oman, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand?
Renewable energy in the Asian Century
Asia is very rich in renewable energy resources like solar, wind and geothermal. What role can they play in the realization of an Asian Century?
Fast facts on Asia's people and economy
Here are some fast facts on Asia's population and economy that I have prepared for my students at Tokyo's Sophia University.
Fair, inclusive and stable finance in Asia -- a trade union perspective I
This is the first section of a paper I wrote for the trade union group, UNI-APRO, on "Towards fair, inclusive and stable finance in Asia: Advancing a trade union agenda".
Fair, inclusive and stable finance in Asia -- a trade union perspective II
This is the second section of a paper I wrote for the trade union group, UNI-APRO, on "Towards fair, inclusive and stable finance in Asia: Advancing a trade union agenda".
Fair, inclusive and stable finance in Asia -- a trade union perspective III
This is the third section of a paper I wrote for the trade union group, UNI-APRO, on "Towards fair, inclusive and stable finance in Asia: Advancing a trade union agenda".
Food security in Asia
Too many Asians live in a state of food insecurity, not only those still living in poverty, but also those who are just above the line in the "lower-middle class" category, living on only $2-$4 a day.
Towards stable, efficient, and inclusive finance in Asia
Asia's 1997-98 financial crisis, and the current global financial crisis have taught Asia tough lessons, above all, the need for stable, efficient and inclusive finance to realize the Asian Century.
Financial inclusion in Asia -- some solutions
One great challenge for Asia's development is improving access to formal financial institutions like banks. Fortunately many initiatives are underway to improve "financial inclusion" in the region.
Financial inclusion in Asia -- the challenge
Lack of access to formal financial institutions like banks, is one important factor keeping too many people in poverty in Asia, and stopping them from creating businesses.
South Korea's plastic surgery obsession
South Korea’s apparent obsession with plastic surgery has been getting a lot of press recently, writes Lila Nojima.
Asia's financial markets
Asia's financial markets are, with a few exceptions, underdeveloped and weakly integrated -- and this is holding back Asia's future development, according to the recent CanadAsia 2013 conference.
Open regionalism ... a long journey
Pacific Economic Cooperation Council leaders called for a renewed commitment to "open regionalism" at their recent meeting in Vancouver. But open regionalism is a long journey.
Global trade's seismic moment?
The global trading system may be approaching a seismic moment, according to discussions at the CanadAsia2013 conference organized by the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada in Vancouver.
Alberta's pivot to Asia
Changing dynamics in the US, Alberta's main market, are foisting the landlocked Candian province into the Asian Century.
Canada is "'Missing in Asia", MIA.
Canada is "missing in Asia", lamented Canadian business leaders at the opening of CanadAsia2013.
Canada's fast track to Asia
Canada's trade minister, Ed Fast, inspired a PECC conference with his ambitions for Canada in the Asian Century. But an Asia Pacific Foundation survey suggests it may not be easy.
Asia-Pacific comes to Canada
We currently live in a 3-speed world. And the fast speed part, the Asia-Pacific, is coming to Vancouver this week for the PECC annual meeting.
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Enterprising state at OECD Week 2013
The final session at OECD Forum 2013, on the "enterprising state", made many interesting points, but failed to address some of the finer nuances.
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